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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
My kitty Chole is quite fiesty. She won't let me clip her nails. The vet wants to put her under to do this. They said they tried twice to clip her nails, but could not. I think it's extreme to put her under. A vet should be able to clip nails, that is their job. Any opinions? Should I look for a new vet? Anyone else have this problem?

Thanks
post #2 of 22
I vote for new vet.
post #3 of 22
I would also vote for another vet...
Now I am not a vet but it seems they should have techs and other people experienced with handling "fiesty" kitties to trim their nails I wouldn't like the idea of putting Chole under to have her nails trimmed if I were you either. Good luck!
post #4 of 22
I agree. Putting a cat under anesthetic just to trim nails is crazy.
post #5 of 22
I used to have the cat from hell (not really, but that's what my vet clinic's techs affectionately called him).

They used to have to put an e-collar on him and wear long, thick leather gloves just to give him his shots or take his temp.
They trimmed his nails for me all the time, never once did they suggest knocking him out to do so.
post #6 of 22
Dido - another Vet or try a groomer who specializes in cats!!

Anaesthesia (sp?) to clip nails - he is nuts - anesthetics should only be used if there is no other way!!
post #7 of 22
Oh my goodness!!! GET A NEW VET!!!
It is unhealthy for a cat to put under especially for trimming nails!!!!
Try administering a sedative before trimming nails, there are nautral sedatives you can by at the store to help you with this. I don't know any names of some but you can also try Feliway which you can get at most pet stores, it's a calming agent.
Don't go back to that vet for anything it seems he is uncaring!!

Nikki
post #8 of 22
Another vet!
post #9 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone. I'm going to start looking for a new vet right away.
post #10 of 22
You couls also learn to do it yourself. I just read a book that said if you love your cat - and they listed some 15 things and the last one is you clip her nails yourself. Just because of the stress in going to a groomer or a vet I suppose. I clip YY's - had one incident where I cut to the quick but that was it. I do one paw and then do another one later. If you start when your kitty is a baby, they just get used to it.
post #11 of 22
You can DIY too, it's just a matter of getting your kitty used to the idea. Definitely do NOT put her under just to get her nails clipped, that is insane! Take it slow, when she sleeps, massage her paws gently so she's use to you doing that. Then later on you can proceed to clipping a few nails at a time. Good luck!
post #12 of 22
this may sound pretty weird but I clip Peanut Butter's nails ( 13 week old kitten) about once a week at nite right after i bruch my teeth-- PB has to supervise and he sits on the lavatory and supervises. After i finish with my ritual, i grab the nail scissors and slowly hold up one front paw and clip-- he just started letting me clip his nails. Any other time he wont let me clip them. I guess he knows we are fixing to go to bed and knows its time to sleep so he is a good bit calmer at that time. What im saying is maybe you can find a time in your normal routine that your kitty will let you handle his/her claws.

Other than that i definatly vote for a NEW VET. that one is bad if he wants to put kitty under for a nail clip.
post #13 of 22
Definitely another vet or an experienced groomer. Anesthesia is risky every time and nail clipping is done way too often for that type of risk. I check every week and all the nails are usually done over the two to three week period.

Good luck in finding the right type of person to help with your little one.
post #14 of 22
I have a 13 pound intact male cat who is extremely aggressive. He has actually bitten me badly twice. I do not clip his claws myself anymore. I did when he was a kitten, but once he reached sexual maturity, there was no way on God's little green Earth I was going to do it anymore. He goes in to see the 5 (yes, I typed FIVE) very dedicated young ladies at my vet's office who lovingly gang up on him and hold him down while one clips his claws. He struggles for about 4 seconds before he sighs deeply and lets them, all the while purring and loving every minute of it once he realizes he is not going to have his way.
post #15 of 22
I agree! New vet!!
post #16 of 22
New vet ..

I take ZOey and Gigi to the groomers since I am unable to clop them myself
post #17 of 22
Yeah, new vet, all right. Seems to me if he goes straight to anaesthesia every time a critter gives a bit of a challenge, he's just lazy -- and I don't want lazy people handling my babes, thanks.
post #18 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for your responses. I found a new vet and took Chloe there yesterday. They clipped her nails within 30-45 seconds, no problems at all. I'm very relieved and happy to have found a vet that cares about the kitty as much as they do.
post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by gayef
He struggles for about 4 seconds before he sighs deeply and lets them, all the while purring and loving every minute of it once he realizes he is not going to have his way.
Picturing this is just hilarious!!
post #20 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chloe's mom
Thanks everyone for your responses. I found a new vet and took Chloe there yesterday. They clipped her nails within 30-45 seconds, no problems at all. I'm very relieved and happy to have found a vet that cares about the kitty as much as they do.
That is so much better!!!! It really was suspicious that the other one had to put her under just to do nails.
post #21 of 22
New vet!
post #22 of 22
I just read the update. Glad you went to a new vet!
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